The Laytcomers – “Sharpie Head”


“Sharpie Head” is a charismatic, stylistically engaging listen from The Laytcomers, a rock act out of Fremont, California. Guitar distortion and kazoo-like enthusiasm give this track a peppy start, reminiscent in its snarling vocal tone to Supergrass — and fondly so, with a bit of Mark E Smith thrown in for good measure (it has a loose, ragged structure nicely reminiscent of The Fall). Like an oddball form of Brit-pop, “Sharpie Head” is a charismatic listen. Saxophone-like incorporation past the two-minute mark is expertly maneuvered in — increasing the intensity in a vein that reminds of ska-tinged Madness. Instrumental-focused conclusion – with the guitar feedback and brass colliding beautifully – wraps this up nicely, reminding of several fond pieces of Brit-pop and rock nostalgia in addition to crafting its own little niche.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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